Saison Station 55 | Hopfenstark

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Saison Station 55Saison Station 55
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hopfenstark
Quebec, Canada
hopfenstark.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Sammy on 06-01-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
78
Reviews:
35
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
9.66%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
8
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at Mondiale 2008.A spicey aroma greats you. Medium mouthfeel, peppery spicey tasty saison. Lacey on transarent body.The marriage of the IPA and the saison make for a killer tasty combination of fruitiness, tasty spicey hops, and bitterness.Unique.
Mondiale 2011 still very good, although more bang on the style as opposed to unique.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

funky canadian saison probably more in line with the biere de garde style than anything else. my bottle says 6.5% abv, and the color on this is quite nice, a rusty looking light orange color, burnt sugar aromatic, but still behind all the yeast. haven't had a ton of french canadian stuff, so i appreciate this. it has a distinctly canadian flare, with a more robust malt body, i even taste some rye in here i think, lots of body too. something real sturdy about this, despite its massive carbonation level. heavy grain intensity in the flavor, as much imparted as the yeast for sure. if theres nor the in here, theres some other curious malt that i would like to know a while lot more about. the yeast is only minimally fruity, but i get some hops, bitter and piney, which really works with the bigger grain profile and adds to it canadian essence. good saison for winter, big enough for cold weather, but light enough to hammer a 750ml no problem. my first beer from these guys, i would like to try others, but you just never seem them on shelves out here in colorado. nice take on the saison style, a little more hefty than most, versatile and yummy.

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Photo of emerge077
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Hazy dark orange, thin surface layer of foam that disappears after a minute or two. Random bits of spotty lace in the glass. Looks a little lifeless.

Phenolic clove, citrus peel, herbs, slight banana sweetness.

Earthy bitterness, overripe fruit, odd musty sweetness. Not sure it all really works together. Low carbonation gives it a flabby feel, phenolic spiciness takes hold and the odd sweetness is kind of like spoiled fruit, and there's a mild astringency in the background. Overall a little messy, not really worth the pricetag. Might try a higher rated one in the series, but this one was a bit of a letdown.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tap at the Saint-Bock: Poured a lightly cloudy dirty beige color ale with almost no head. Taste of light rustic malt with not much else. Taste is a bit of a letdown with lit watery malt and light rustic notes. Body is a bit too flat for style. I get a bad impression that the tap lines at Saint-Bock need a good clean-up. I have a bottle of this sitting in the fridge that will be use to re-rate.

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Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of SFLpunk. Served in a Russian River TION glass.

Pours a somewhat-cloudy golden peach color with a good white head and a nice collar throughout. The nose brings a bit of earth an funk along with a slight acidic presence. Wine-like with a bit of acidity. The flavor is nice as well, combining traditional saison yeast character with some wine flavors and a bit of fruit. Light funk and acidity throughout, leading to a dry finish. Light to medium body and high carbonation. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cloudy dark amber color coming forward, much darker then I thought it would be for the style. Nice head, maybe two inches with some really great retention and a wonderful bit of side glass lacing. Lots of carbonation was visible streaking up from the bottom of the glass.

The aroma was a little bit light for me to be honest. Some nice notes of yeast, grain, with lots of breadiness in the middle, not nearly the funky farmhouse ale I was expecting it to be. Lots of light fruit notes with hints of peppery spice dominating on the flavor. Quick hints of pear, peach, maybe some apple, all in that general family. Nice touches of figs and light bread.

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Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy orange body. Nice white head. Lacey surface. Thick collar.

Smell - Herbal hops. Pale malt. A little yeasty.

Taste - Tons of malt. More estery. Herbal hops. A little bitter in the finish.

Mouthfeel - A little heavy for the style, but this herbal bitterness helps. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Tasty if a little harsh. Very herbal and bitter.

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Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of chippo33
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a decent hazy orange color with a one and a half finger white foamy head that dissipated in about a minute. Once it dissipated, wow, what a nice looking thick foamy spider web lacing to this one. The smell had some light sweet fruit - light cherry to apple to some faint pears. There was a light grassy funk with a nice light spice. The taste took those fruits and added a light spice in a somewhat grassy context of sorts. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a slight sessionable quality about it. Overall, good saison more than worthy of coming back to.

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Photo of John_M
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a somewhat hazy, peachy gold color with very good head retention and considerable lacing. The beer seems to have the prototypical saison nose of honey, white pepper, and also a hint of flowers. On the palate, this is a very impressive saison style beer, one I could easily mistake for a good Belgian saison. Aside from the honey and spice (clove mostly), I get some orange citrus and a nice blast of hoppy bitterness in the finish. The hoppy bitterness dries out the modest sweetness completely, leading to an impressively long, bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but I appreciate the amount of flavor this beer delivers. Drinkability is very good, though the combination of spice and considerable bitterness slow me down somewhat.

Given a choice between this beer and some of the great saisons from Dupont, I'm not sure which I would choose. This beer is THAT good. Impressive.

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Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of rudzud
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Recently stumbled across my notes from The Festival 2012. Lets do this!

A - Poured a nice cloudy deep rich golden hue with one finger of sudsy head that fades to well, nothing. Hmm....

S - Aromas of big citrus (predominantly orange peel and flesh), light typical spice notes (corriander) and bready malts.

T - Taste is similar but with much less citrus. Light spice notes and peppercorns. Wanting more citrus.

M - Mouthfeel is spot on for a saison, crisp and clean.

O - Overall, bit let down here. The nose was nice, but when told this is a saison/ipa hybred and I don't get the IPA, its somewhat of a fail for me.

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Photo of pat61
4.36/5  rDev +13.8%

Fruity nose with a touch of funky saison yeast – a blend of fresh and ripe light fruit. Pours hazy peach under a 2” finely bubbled yellow tinted white foam cap. Creamy over ripe fruit softened by some lighter fruits such as orange moves over the palate followed by stone fruit such as peach with a light sweetness balanced by a bitter hop emphasis on the finish. It ends lemony, citrusy bitter. It has a very creamy medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of Hohnbaum
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wordemupg
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into tulip 10/8/12 thanks papat444 for sending me the bottle

A hazy but glowing a peachy amber with lots of visible bubbles but just a short lived finger of foam that leaves zero lace

S some yeasty banana with citrus and bubblegum, some peppery bready notes and leafy earthy tones, smells strong and pretty solid

T sweet orange marmalade and a little booze I didn't smell, slightly sour fermented fruit and just lacking a little something the nose had going for it

M very slick and fairly full, almost syrupy, aftertaste of spicy yeast

O a 750ml didn't last very long, you might forget the 7% under a hot sun so be careful

a slight improvement in the most important department might get this one up too a new level. a solid beer for sure and I'd drink it again no questions asked

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Photo of bylerteck
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from BloguesDeBieres. Thanks.

A - Pours dark, dark gold. Good carbonation. Very cloudy. Originally one finger of soapy white head, down to a film fast. No lace and a film of retention.

S - Lot's of orange and sweet spice, some citrus hops and bread.

T - A lot more sweet spice with less citrus presence. Peppery with orange playing second fiddle. Some mild citrus hops and bread as well.

M - Decent carbonation, creamy medium body with a spicy finish.

O/D - Overly spiced. Not bad but lacking a whole lot of hop character for a 'saison/ipa blend.' Refreshing and tasty, but the spice needs to be toned down. Good.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's last night.

Hazy orange with a dense off-white head with excellent retention and nice lacing. This is a very good looking saison. It smells great too, very fruity with mango, some citrus and plenty of tropical fruit. Moderately spiced with some floral and a little coriander. Delicately yeasty, this is a great saison. The palate opens moderately herbal with tea and floral bitterness, a touch of hop character is noticeable too. Plenty of fruit mid palate, very tropical fruit/mango like. A little citrus is present as well. Drying and spicy on the finish with a some tea-like tannins, this light bodied beer is highly carbonated. Maybe even a little over-carbed? Great finish, though, with lovely spice character. While the yeast character is different from, say, a Dupont, it's still very good.

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Photo of DrJay
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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